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In a Fix (Ciel Halligan) [Kindle Edition]

Linda Grimes
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Snagging a marriage proposal for her client while on an all-expenses-paid vacation should be a simple job for Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire. A kind of human chameleon, she's able to take on her clients' appearances and slip seamlessly into their lives, solving any sticky problems they don't want to deal with themselves. No fuss, no muss. Big paycheck.

This particular assignment is pretty enjoyable...that is, until Ciel's island resort bungalow is blown to smithereens and her client's about-to-be-fiancé is snatched by modern-day Vikings. For some reason, Ciel begins to suspect that getting the ring is going to be a tad more difficult than originally anticipated.

Going from romance to rescue requires some serious gear-shifting, as well as a little backup. Her best friend, Billy, and Mark, the CIA agent she's been crushing on for years--both skilled adaptors--step in to help, but their priority is, annoyingly, keeping her safe. Before long, Ciel is dedicating more energy to escaping their watchful eyes than she is to saving her client's intended.

Suddenly, facing down a horde of Vikings feels like the least of her problems.

Editorial Reviews


“Bright, fizzy, sexy and amusing—the perfect antidote to an attack of post-summer blues.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Fans of both hard and soft fantasy and crime drama will love [the] protagonist’s spunky, irreverent attitude as well as Grimes’s character-building skills and unusual storyline.”
Library Journal, starred review

“Seamlessly blending humor and action, Grimes thoroughly impresses with her debut novel. This deliciously sexy and fun-filled romp simply is a must-read.”
RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick!

About the Author

LINDA GRIMES is a former English teacher and ex-actress now channeling her love of words and drama into writing. She grew up in Texas and currently resides in northern Virginia with her husband.

Product Details

  • File Size: 881 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089LOEE0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,139 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Sexy (x3), and Unique! September 4, 2012
The most fun I've had reading a novel cover to cover in one day in a long, long time. Brava.

Also, I'm seriously rethinking my decision to be happily single. Yeesh, THOSE MEN.

The book has a unique, inherently funny premise - people with the ability to "pinch" auras, resulting in the ability to look like anyone they touch. This alone makes for a million laugh out loud scenes, but my favorite involves a hot man getting busted trying to disrobe what APPEARS to be the Queen of England on a bathroom floor. Priceless. Also, Boner Benjamin. Enough said, right?

Ciel, the main character, decided (with some help from Mark, Hot Bachelor #1) not to use her ability to assist law enforcement. Instead she offers her services to people who want to avoid a certain situation. For example, if you don't want to go to your mother-in-law's for Christmas, Ciel will do it for you! Brilliant. Ciel is smart, sassy, indignant, and gets into trouble every time she turns around. I loved her.

Billy, aka Hot Bachelor #2, has a teasing, supportive attitude that made me grin (and want to take his clothes off) from the beginning to the end of the book. I can't tell you more about the men without spoiling things, but see above. They. Are. Hot.

The three of them, along with a slew of fleshed out, comical, characters (some of whom are VIKINGS) round out a cast that I spent an entire day with, and hope to spend many more alongside in the future.

This is a can't miss for anyone who loves tight stories, great characters, and books that remind them of all the reasons they love to read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
If Diana Gabaldon blurbed a book about plankton, I'd probably read it. When she blurbs an urban fantasy about shapeshifters and vikings and calls it "A fast-paced, sexy romp with characters as original as its intriguing premise!" I know I'm in for something unbelievable.

How to describe IN A FIX? Imagine a shapeshifting Stephanie Plum mixed with Burn Notice. Ciel isn't as hapless or helpless as Stephanie, but she does attract trouble and is caught between two gorgeous and overprotective guys. As an Adapter, she can assume the appearance of anyone she has come into contact with. The two men in her life are adaptors too. There are several fantastic scenes involving mistaken identity that kept a grin on my face a mile wide.

What also kept me grinning was the romantic tension. Ciel loves Mark, Mark views Ciel as a sister. Billy is an incorrigible flirt who is like a cousin to Ciel. When assuming the identity of others, sometimes this trio has to get closer than they normally would, which causes all three to begin looking at each other in a new light. Billy had to be my favorite. He was playful one minute and than he would slip into something decidedly unplayful. It was just enough to keep Ciel's head spinning. And Mark, while the more serious and guarded of the two guys, definitely seemed to be fighting himself in one or two scenes with Ciel. It wasn't easy for him to maintain the kid sister view of Ciel when they kept getting thrown together.

IN A FIX is a great book to lure new readers to the urban fantasy genre as it's light on worldbuilding and heavy on action. We don't really learn about the origin of Adapters or the possible presence of other supernatural abilities in this world.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very fun and sexy romp! September 4, 2012
By Joanne
This book was SO MUCH FUN. I expected a kickass character-I mean, just look at that cover-with the viking helmet and the redhead standing over it? You know you're going to get something hard core. But what I wasn't expecting were the hard core laughs. This book, about Ciel, an aura adapter with a serious need to prove herself to the overprotective men in her life, is funny, witty and sexy, with not one, but two (maybe even three) hot guys that vie for her attention. But what I especially loved about Ciel was that she wasn't a bombshell that you would expect men to drool over-the men in her life were attracted to her, the quirky and tenacious woman who can definitely hold her own in the company of strong men. Several laugh-out-loud moments pepper this action-filled page turner. My only complaint was I know there's a book two and it can't come soon enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 STARS! Great FUN! September 15, 2012
I really enjoyed this novel! I was smiling and laughing throughout the entire novel.

Linda Grimes introduces a new type of species that have abilities very similar to that of Mystique from X-men.(a.k.a the blue chick who can change her entire appearance and become any other person) .It was interesting to read about a new type of paranormal creature. I wanted to know more about their history and how their abilities work but even though the author doesn't focus on that ,I wasn't disappointed.

The chameleon abilities of the characters led to a lot of hilarious instances that were a little hard to follow in the beginning because the author starts the novel with a bang (Literally!) but the after the first few pages I was able to keep up easily.I really liked the pace of this novel. There was never a dull moment and I never thought that things were happening too quickly.

The main character,Ciel was likable.She was flawed but I loved the fact that she wasn't perfect and I could easily relate to her insecurities. I was very amused with Ciel's relationship with her family.I hope I get to read more about her family in the sequel.

Billy is Ciel's pseudo-cousin. Basically he isn't related to Ciel but they've known each other since birth. I love Billy. He was such an awesome character.I'm on Team Billy! (I hope there's a Team Billy because I'm not very sure )

Mark was a character that needs a little more of a backstory. Why does Ciel have a crush on him? What's so great about him? There were moments when some of my questions were answered but I'm not very satisfied with the answers. I have a feeling I could really start liking Mark if I just got to know him better.

So my only complain is the lack of a backstory.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars In a Fix and Quick Fix, by Linda Grimes
Linda Grimes is a new writer to me, and I was looking forward to reading her two books involving Ciel Halligan. Read more
Published 5 months ago by QueenTitania
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and funny !
Just thinking about this book makes me smile.

Ciel Halligan is an aura adaptor. It means that she can "borrow" other people's appearance, smell, and other... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Silver Lining
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous debut! Funny, charming, and creative
What a totally unique premise for a book! I love the idea of "adaptors" who can assume the identity of someone else, and I particularly love the author's handling of the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tawna
1.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal "romance" masquerading as Urban Fantasy. Minor spoilers
I picked up this book because it was recommended to me.The protagonist is the typical whiny, weak woman-child just waiting to be rescued by a man. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kat D
3.0 out of 5 stars Likeable characters, humorous situations
There were a few editing issues with this novel, but the characters are likable, and the situations are pretty funny. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Cypherpunk
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
I love Ciel's character! She can certainly get herself into some interesting situations! I look forward to more of her adventures.
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED!
Linda Grimes delivered in this fast paced book! I had never read urban fantasy before but tried it after following fellow writer Linda Grimes on twitter and falling for her lively... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Janet Frongillo
5.0 out of 5 stars So Good can't wait for the next Ciel novel
As many have said, funny, funky, a nice female protagonist for a change. And the aura adapting...what a great idea. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mad Monique DC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters and well written
I really loved this book. It is the kind that you read into the night and keep saying, I will go to bed right after I finish this chapter, but you say it chapter after chapter. Read more
Published 20 months ago by LovesBooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual urban fantasy heroine
Ciel Halligan not only possesses an unusual name, she also has a very unusual ability. She is an aura adaptor which means she can copy a person's aura and to all intents and... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Vilia
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More About the Author

Linda grew up in Texas, where she rode horses, embarrassed herself onstage a lot, and taught teenagers they'd have to learn the rules of English before they could get away with breaking them for creativity's sake. She currently resides in Virginia with her husband, whom she snagged after he saw her in a musical number at the now defunct Melodrama Theater in San Antonio. (There's nothing like a rousing chorus of "If You Wanna Catch a Fish You Gotta Wiggle Your Bait" to hook a man for a lifetime.)

Like her globetrotting main character, Linda has spent her fair share of time overseas, though fortunately under less stressful circumstances. Kidnapping and daring rescues are all well and good in fiction, but she prefers sanity in her real life.

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